Be wary of Okada riders, they aid human trafficking – GIS alerts

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The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has alerted residents, particularly those along border communities nationwide to be wary of the use of motorbikes for commercial purposes in order not to be exposed to human trafficking and related crimes.

According to the GIS, some of the motor bike riders using their machines for commercial purposes aided human traffickers to traffic unsuspecting victims to other neighbouring countries.

The Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI) David Odoi Kpobi of the GIS, an officer at the Sampa Sector Command of the GIS gave the advice during a border security and management sensitization engagement, held at Buko, a border town near Sampa in the Jaman North District of the Bono Region.

With support from CDD-Ghana, the MIHOSO International, an NGO organised the engagement in line with the implementation of its cross border crime Project being funded by the International Centre for Migration and Policy Development.

Other local partners supporting the implementation of the project, which is a nationwide exercise being implemented at the border communities and aimed at improving border management and security to help reduce cross border, are the GIS and the Department of Social Welfare.

DIS Kpobi expressed worry human trafficking was resurfacing in Jaman North District which shared the border with Ivory Coast, saying some Okada riders aided the traffickers by transporting unsuspecting victims through unapproved routes in the area to Ivory Coast.

He said human trafficking remained a serious offence punishable by law, and warned those directly or indirectly involved to desist from the crime, saying culprits were liable to a minimum of five years imprisonment according to the Human Trafficking Act 2005, Act 694.

Nana Kofi Krufi, the Chief of Buko lauded the implementation of the project in the area and commended the organisers, and also advised the people to remain watchful and support the GIS to clamp down on suspected human traffickers and their aiders.

He called on the youth of the area who intended to travel abroad to engage the GIS and acquire the relevant traveling documents in order not to expose themselves to unnecessary dangers.

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